De Sa sweats on title gap

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says his side cannot afford to fall further behind

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa admits that he is concerned at his side’s fortunes in the title-race and is worried that Kaizer Chiefs may be running away with the championship already.

Bucs currently trail their Soweto rivals by six points with a fifth of the season gone, but although De Sa says he is sweating over the gap, the club management are not.

“Personally I’m concerned but the guys at the club seem to be calm about it” De Sa said.

He did add that Mamelodi Sundowns’ spectacular fall from the top of the table last season was a sign that anything can still happen.

"Remember last season Sundowns were 11 or 12 points clear at one stage and they never won anything."

De Sa was full of praise for the efforts of Chiefs this season though, who have won five and drawn one of their six matches to date.  

“Chiefs have set the tone for everyone and the pace and we must now look to catch them,” he added.

“For me, I’d like to stay in closer touch and losing to Celtic was a setback for us,” he added in reflecting on the 0-1 defeat in the Free State capital on Sunday.

“We deserved at least one point but it will happen that way. That’s how it goes in football sometimes.”

Next up for Pirates is a trip to University of Pretoria on Sunday, a side who have yet to taste defeat this season and who are currently above Bucs in the table by a single point.